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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Image of the Day: Regent Bali

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Bali is located the exclusive Sanur District; where the spectacular coral reef is complemented by palm trees, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters.

Regent Bali

Fall rates at Regent Bali start from $357 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Casa de Sierra Nevada

August 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at Casa de Sierra Nevada is surrounded by the beautiful stone arches and arcades of the mansion. A courtyard dotted with manicured trees and colourful flowers makes it a fantastic setting for a cooling dip.

Casa de Sierra Nevada

Fall rates start at $224 per night >>

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Get Well at Miramonte's: THE WELL Spa

July 26, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Miramonte Resort and Spa
What better way to get away from it all than to run away to the deserts of Palm Springs to the ultimate spa destination, Miramonte Resort and Spa? This luxury Palm Springs resort is home to THE WELL® Spa at Miramonte Resort. This destination spa has received multiple awards for its spa services. In 2010, 2011 AND 2012, THE WELL has been named "Best Spa" by polls of readers of Desert Magazine as well as "Top 100 Resort Spas" by vote in Conde Nast Traveler.

The 12,000 square foot WELL Spa offers a full range of health and wellness services. Spa treatments incorporate techniques inspired by Tuscan living including therapeutic muds, wine extracts, pure essential oils, and refreshing waters. Featuring exclusive products from Germaine de Capuccini, THE WELL will indulge you in treatments that will balance your mind, body and inner spirit.

The WELL Spa features amenities such as separate steam rooms for both men and women, river bench water therapy, and a plethora of indoor and outdoor treatments to choose from. There are jet soaking tubs, five outdoor treatment spaces (including the Watsu pool) and a quiet meditation room. There's also a beverage bar featuring light fare that complements the rejuvenation experience. Guests can also have fun while they relax with the Pittura Fiesta Painting Party.  That means getting dirty by using bright-colored muds and clays on your body, face and hair. It's like being a kid all over again! 

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Did You Know? Wheatleigh

July 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Wheatleigh was built in 1893 by Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter, Georgie, who married Carlos de Heredia, a Spanish Count. Cook was a New York financier, banker, director of railroads and real estate tycoon. He was a descendant of Captain Thomas Cook, founder of Portsmouth, R.I., and the son of Constant Cook, who helped build the Erie Railroad. It is said that Cook built Wheatleigh as a summer cottage for his daughter because she had brought a title into the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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Did You Know? Ka'ana Boutique Resort

July 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ka'ana Boutique Resort is the closest luxury resort to Tikal,, one of the most prominent Maya Ruins in Guatemala. Tikal ("City of Echoes") is the largest known City remaining from the ancient Maya civilization and was considered the greatest metropolis in the Maya Kingdom. It holds ruins comprising over 3,000 astounding structures set in 55 square kilometres / 21 sq miles and situated in Guatemala’s largest protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ka'ana Boutique Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Olde Bell

July 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is part of a family of modern coaching inns, set in historic timber framed buildings providing eating, drinking, gatherings and lodgings. Only 45 minutes from central London, with great access to Henley on Thames, Maidenhead and Marlow, with 50 bedrooms, a celebrated restaurant and 7 private rooms seating up to 150 people for weddings, parties and meetings.

The Olde Bell

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Image of the Day: The Saguaro Scottsdale

June 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Saguaro Scottsdale has two outdoor heated pools with cabanas.

Saguaro Scottsdale

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Did You Know? The Ranch at Rock Creek

May 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek has all-inclusive rates based on type of accommodation. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Trapper is a secluded Canvas/Wood cabin, 10 minute bike ride from Granite Lodge. It accommodates a king bed, kitchenette, private tub on the patio. Located up against Rock Creek with unparalled wilderness.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

 

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